Trade, Investment, & Development

The Trade, Investment, and Development track prepares students for international policy careers in international trade policy, development and investment.

What is International Trade?

International trade is the exchange of capital, goods, and services across international borders.

What is International Development?

International development is the development of greater quality of life for humans which encompasses: poverty reduction, public health, gender equality, human rights, economics, governance and related environmental issues.

Trade, Investment & Development Track

Understanding the motivations behind the movements and exchange of goods, services, capital, ideas and people between countries, how those movements impact people’s lives, and the international rules governing them is a vital part of international policy studies.  The Trade, Investment and Development track is designed for students interested in pursuing a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to these issues. The focus is not only on the poorest countries, but also the middle-income emerging market economies. 

Trade, Investment & Development Careers

Many of our alumni have gone on to have successful careers for various capacities such as:

  • Community, national and international organizations
  • Local and national government offices
  • Socially responsible businesses
  • Think-tanks and academic institutions
  • NGOs and volunteer organizations

Learn more about the exciting careers our graduates are currently pursuing.

Track Requirements (60 credits required)

The Trade, Investment and Development track provides students with a foundation of policy analysis, economics, and global politics.  In addition, students are encouraged to gain professional development experience in the field through internships and practical experiences.

Core Requirements (20 credits)

Seminars and Advanced Courses (12 credits)

The most important consideration in selecting courses is that students consult with their Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) advisor to craft a degree map that best matches the student's individualized academic and professional objectives. Any GSIPM course that is called a Seminar (SEM), and that the student meets the required prerequisite of the course, are allowed to count towards this requirement. IPSG 8565-Intro to Network Analysis and IPSG 8673-Advanced Data Analysis are considered Advanced Courses.  Contact your assigned Academic Advisor for more information.

Integrated Academic and Professional Project (IAPP) (4 to 12 credits)

The IAPP intends to tie practical, professional experience (i.e. internship, immersive seminar/course, graduate research assistantship, prior relevant professional experience, etc.) to academic curriculum.  Students must demonstrate that they have mastered concepts and skills gained in the curriculum by applying them in a professional setting and/or reflecting on the challenges of doing so via projects and research papers in advance courses.

In consultation with their academic advisor, students will identify a combination of qualifying courses and experiences that will meet the degree requirement of 4 credits towards a Integrated Academic and Professional Project (IAPP). Qualifying courses should be selected from approved lists provided by GSIPM to CACS. Students should outline the IAPP no later than the end of their second semester in their 4 semester program (end of first semester for students with a shorter program timeframe).

Students may fulfill the IAPP requirement through the following opportunities:

For more ideas on how to fulfill this requirement, please visit the Monterey Abroad section or contact your Academic Advisor.

Electives (up to 12 credits)

To satisfy the elective course requirements for the MAIPS degree, students may take any GSIPM course that is not being counted toward any other graduation requirement, as long as they have completed the prerequisites for that course.  Contact your assigned Academic Advisor for more information.

Language and Intercultural Competency (12 credits)

Language and Intercultural Studies program courses are offered in 7 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Additional languages are offered upon request. Through the Institute’s renowned content-based instruction, students combine advanced-level language skills development with topics related to their graduate coursework/professional interests. Our Intercultural Competency offerings provide students the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global career opportunities.

Students can choose to complete the 12-credit Language and Intercultural Competency (ICC) component by taking 8-12 credits of language courses in a single language, and up to 4 credits of ICC coursework.  Students need to meet the minimum proficiency requirement in the language (200-level for Spanish and Arabic, 300-level for all other languages), demonstrated by taking a placement test.

International Trade Club

Learn about the MIIS International Trade Club, a student-run organization on campus. The MIIS International Trade Club seeks to foster communication among students, faculty, and the broader community on a variety of trade-related issues. Our goal is to construct a forum to bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds, particularly in relation to the MIIS community.